Our Mission


To work collaboratively to provide quality educational services.

We will be recognised for relevant, accessible, innovative education and training, which transforms lives and builds communities.


In 1999, Janet Te Rore, while working as a Case Manager for Income Support (which then merged with the New Zealand Employment Service to become known as Work and Income New Zealand) noticed among her caseload of clients that some of them had low levels of literacy and/or numeracy.  Because of her background as an adult literacy and numeracy tutor in Timaru, she tried to find an organisation within Dargaville or the Kaipara that she could refer these clients to for learning support.  She eventually found an organisation that was a member of Literacy Aotearoa and was contracted by them to provide this learning support to adults within the Kaipara area.  Unfortunately, even with Literacy Aotearoa trying to get their member/contractor to provide learning support in Dargaville, this did not eventuate and that organisation disbanded.

Janet then set up Te Roroa Learning Assistance as a Charitable Trust and found representatives from the Te Roroa iwi marae to become the inaugural Trustees.  They were Manos Nathan (Matatina), Tottie Ambler (Whakamaharamatanga), Margaret Tane (Waikara).

She then found a place to rent at 92a Victoria Street (Hunting and Fishing) from Phil Smith, and applied to ASB, Lotteries and COGs for funding.  These organisations provided the funding that allowed her to purchase a computer, phone/fax and set up the office by paying rent electricity and phone.  She worked voluntarily as she had decided to leave WINZ and go onto DPB to follow her passion.

Literacy Aotearoa, then contracted TLA to provide literacy, language and numeracy services to people within and surrounding the Dargaville area.  Janet also secured funding from Lotteries to pay some wages.  These monies enabled her to receive a small wage as a part-time co-ordinator.  At that time tutors worked voluntarily and had some expenses reimbursed.

Today the organisation works on a business model and most positions are paid.  The exception is tutor trainees who generally do not become a paid contractor or employee until they obtain the required qualification(s) and volunteers - for example, our driver mentors.